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post #1 of 12 Old 08-20-2019, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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2012 V-Strom 1000

Hello, I bought a 2012 V-Strom 1000 just over a week ago and have 500 miles on it already. I come from a Kawasaki KLR650, then a Yamaha FZ6, Yamaha FZ1, and a Honda 919. Compared to those the Strom is super comfortable and I feel I have lost none of the sportiness I like. My biggest requirement after the 919 was a windshield and luggage. I got both with the Strom.

My V-Strom has an unknown aftermarket windshield, tiny little Givi side cases, and a Pelican 1520 hard mounted to the top rack. Previous owner did all maintenance recently, although at 30k miles I am not sure when the last valve check was. He put Pirelli Angel GT's on and they seem great so far.

The bike has a coupe quirks and noises that I am trying to figure out if are broken or normal. So far I have read about SV1000 brake upgrade, the clutch basket thing, and the massive improvements a PCV and tune can do. I am hoping to alleviate the rough shudder under 3000 RPM and the snaps at high RPM full throttle. Sounds like backfire inside header tube maybe? Also I want to tune the suspension, it nosedives hard under braking but I am 265# so, maybe custom springs and heavier oil?

Anyways, love the bike so far! Just stocking up on waterproof gear so I can keep riding into the fall!
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post #2 of 12 Old 08-20-2019, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
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Photo! Minus the side cases while I waited for a friend to start a ride.
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2007 Kawasaki KLR650 (Sold)
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Welcome to the forum, Delasangre.

2020 Eastern V-Strom Rally (website) - May 14 - 17, 2020
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post #4 of 12 Old 08-20-2019, 11:35 PM
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Nice bike - picked up a '12 as well - take possession in two weeks.
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Nice bike - picked up a '12 as well - take possession in two weeks.
Very nice, how many miles?

2007 Kawasaki KLR650 (Sold)
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post #6 of 12 Old 08-20-2019, 11:38 PM
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56K Kms. Bought in Toronto and going to ride it back to Victoria, BC to its new home in September. Looking forward to the trip.
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56K Kms. Bought in Toronto and going to ride it back to Victoria, BC to its new home in September. Looking forward to the trip.
Congrats and have fun and be safe! Love to see it when you get it home!

2007 Kawasaki KLR650 (Sold)
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Intrigued - Where are you located?
I am in the state of Oregon, USA. Near Portland.

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Know the area, been through there on many an occasion.
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